One of the Climate Change lecture series underway at the Emalus Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) based at the Emalus Campus in Vanuatu organised two public lectures as part of a “Climate Change Public Lecture Series” which began last year.
The lecture, “EcoAdapt in the Pacific: Microeconomic Analysis” was delivered on 3rd April 2019 by Professor Christopher Fleming of Griffith University.
“EcoAdapt” is five-year research project that aims to identify appropriate adaptation interventions in the coastal zone of Pacific Island states and territories in the face of a rapidly changing climate and ongoing capital-intensive developments.
The project is multi-disciplinary, encompassing oceanographic & coastal process modelling, terrestrial and marine ecosystem analysis, microeconomic analysis, social science, integrated coastal planning and management, and decision-support.
On 5th April another public lecture titled, “Engaging in Strategies for Climate Change: Practices of Life and Change in Vanuatu” was delivered by Dr. Arno Pascht and Desirée Hetzel M.A., Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.
The presentation was based on their anthropological research with community members in two places in Vanuatu, Siviri on Efate and Dixon Reef on Malekula, which gave insights into practices and discourses of Ni-Vanuatu during and after the event of El Nino.
Among topics discussed was how various actors in Vanuatu sought innovation, the combination of methods and fostering situational change of strategies in order to secure their lives as they face climate change.
Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator, said that FSTE has been organising these public seminars and ensuring that all students at Emalus Campus would be exposed to means of conducting high quality research and in aiming to have interactions with world renowned researchers.
He noted that such interactions would motivate students to think big and inculcate scientific enquiry.
“Such activities on campus have roped in rich extra circular participations for the students and staff besides teaching and learning,” he said.
He thanked Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President (Regional Campuses Property and Facilities) and Mr Ruben Markward, Emalus Campus Manager for their continuous support in this regard.
The lecture series is part of the ongoing MoU between USP and Griffith University, which is being organised by Dr Kotra.
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